Scorpion (Marvel Comics)

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The Scorpion is the name of multiple characters in Marvel Comics, almost all of them supervillains.

Publication history[edit]

The monster version of Scorpion first appeared in Journey into Mystery #82 (July 1962)

The Sam Scorpio version first appeared in Kid Colt, Outlaw #115 (March 1964) and was a Wild West villain who fought Kid Colt.

The Mac Gargan version was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Gargan first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #19 (December 1964) and first appeared as the Scorpion in Amazing Spider-Man #20 (January 1964). Years later, he became the third incarnation of Venom in Marvel Knights: Spider-Man #10 (March 2005) and impersonated Spider-Man in Dark Avengers #1 (March 2009). Mac Gargan appeared in the character's first own 4-issue limited series, Dark Reign: Sinister Spider-Man. The comic was released in June 2009 and was written by Brian Reed, with art by Chris Bachalo.[1] Writer Dan Slott has stated that Mac Gargan will return as the original Scorpion,[2] in an upcoming arc of The Amazing Spider-Man.[3]

The Jim Evans version of Scorpion first appeared in Rawhide Kid #57 (April 1967) and was a Wild West villain who fought Rawhide Kid.

Carmilla Black first appeared in Amazing Fantasy vol 2. #7 (June 2005).

Fictional character biography[edit]

Monster Scorpion[edit]

The first Scorpion was seen as a giant monster. During an experiment with a bismuth isotope, Paul Rodgers accidentally struck a normal scorpion with a stream of delta particles. It was mutated into a giant monstrous form and gained the consciousness to hate the human race. It told Paul Rodgers and Edward Bentley that it would mutate another bunch of scorpions and take over the world. Edward managed to hypnotize the Scorpion that it was feeling the pains from the radiation poisoning. When the Scorpion begged for Paul and Edward to end its life, they complied and killed the Scorpion by firing another stream of delta particles at it.[4]

Sam Scorpio[edit]

Sam Scorpio is an inventor who used his "sting" (a derringer fitted to a silencer on his forearm) to terrorize the Old West. Scorpion later encountered Kid Colt while running from a 50-man posse and begged for his help. Kid Colt refused until an earthquake occurred and they hid under a boulder. By the time Kid Colt and Scorpion emerged, the posse caught up to them and they were taken to prison. While in jail, Scorpion used his "sting" on a guard. Upon grabbing the guard's keys, Scorpion forced Kid Colt to accompany him. He took Kid Colt to a hideout in the hills and wanted Kid Colt to join him. When Kid Colt asked about the secret of his "sting," Scorpion turned on him. Kid Colt shot out the lamp for cover from Scorpion's sting and Scorpion fled where he told the posse where they can find Kid Colt. Afterwards, Scorpion set up a gang where he kept them in line with his "sting." Kid Colt went after Scorpion's gang upon figuring out what his gimmick was. Kid Colt defeated Scorpion's gang and defeated Scorpion in hand-to-hand combat before he could use his "sting." Kid Colt then turned Scorpion and his gang over to the authorities.[5]

Scorpion was imprisoned in a State Prison where he was part of a chain gang with Dr. Danger and Bull Barton. When Kid Colt ended up in the same prison after turning himself over to the law. Scorpion, Dr. Danger, and Bull Barton decided that this was the opportunity for revenge. One day, they attacked Kid Colt in unison while on work detail. When a prison guard intervened, they took his gun, overpowered the guard, and broke their chains. Then they grazed Kid Colt with another bullet and fled. Across the border, Scorpion, Dr. Danger, and Bull Barton came across a town where Fred Yates (the man that Kid Colt turned himself over to) lived. When Scorpion, Dr. Danger, and Bull Barton confronted Fred Yates and his sister Susan, Fred fled in sheer terror. Kid Colt caught up to the trio, disarmed them, and saved Susan. Kid Colt then sent Scorpion, Dr. Danger, and Bull Barton back over the border to the waiting arms of the law.[6]

Mac Gargan[edit]

Mac Gargan first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #19 and was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. He was a private investigator who was hired by J. Jonah Jameson to find out how Peter Parker was able to obtain the photos of Spider-Man. When Spider-Man evaded Gargan, J. Jonah Jameson decided to use Gargan as a test subject for an experiment done by Farley Stillwell which led to Gargan becoming the Scorpion in order to defeat Spider-Man. Many years later, Gargan becomes a host for the Venom symbiote. After the Venom symbiote was removed from him in the aftermath of the Siege storyline, Gargan was sprung from the Raft by Alistair Smythe and outfitted with a new Scorpion suit.

Jim Evans[edit]

Jim Evans is a successful apothecary in Dustville during the Old West. He began to date Sarah (the prettiest girl in town) until she began to neglect him upon stating that she already has a boyfriend in Matt Cody. Matt Cody was not pleased that Sarah went out with Jim and challenged him to a shootout. Jim drew his gun first and only managed to wing Matt in the left arm as Matt managed to shoot Jim's gun out of his hand. Matt then made Jim dance with his gun. Jim was humiliated and vowed revenge. Upon inventing a liquid paralytic that he can fire no matter where he would hit them, Jim took on the identity of Scorpion and embarked on a crime spree. Scorpion managed to hold up a stagecoach and the sound of his gun attracted the attention of Rawhide Kid. Rawhide Kid managed to tackle Scorpion who hit Rawhide Kid with a paralytic pellet and continued to rob the stagecoach where he made off with the payroll. Upon questioning the nearby town about Scorpion, Rawhide Kid learned that there had been an apothecary who had been around for four months which allowed Rawhide Kid to determine his identity. Rawhide Kid followed Jim to an abandoned mine, watched him change into Scorpion, and then confronted him. Their fight collapsed the mine and Rawhide Kid fell into an underground stream. Rawhide Kid recovered and went after Scorpion again. When Scorpion fired the paralytic pellet again, Rawhide Kid twisted Scorpion's wrist causing Scorpion to get hit by his own paralytic pellet. Rawhide Kid then turned Scorpion over to Dustville's sheriff.[7]

After six months in jail, Jim Evans managed to mix up a small amount of his stun potion in the prison workshop. He used it on a guard, grabbed his keys, and escaped from jail. Taking on the alias of Sting-Ray, Jim Evans went on another crime spree until he arrived in Bison Bend and decided to settle there as the base of his ultimate destiny as the Emperor of the West. Sting-Ray robbed a bunch of people at Bison Bend's square dance. Clay Riley and Sheriff Ben Brooks tried to stop him, but ended up victims of his stun pellets. Sting-Ray later kidnapped Sheriff Ben Brooks' daughter Natalie holding her hostage until he got the power he demanded. However, he was foiled by Phantom Rider who attacked Sting-Ray. Phantom Rider managed to defeat Sting-Ray and unmasked him after he was distracted by Natalie's shouting. The sheriff and his men arrived and chased after Phantom Rider. It wasn't confirmed if Sting-Ray escaped during Phantom Rider's commotion with the sheriff and his men or was sent back to jail.[8]

Carmilla Black[edit]

Carmilla Black first appeared in Amazing Fantasy vol. 2 #7 and was created by Fred Van Lente and Leonard Kirk. She became a member of S.H.I.E.L.D. in order to find her mother.

Other versions[edit]

Ultimate Marvel[edit]

The first Ultimate Marvel incarnation of Scorpion is one of Peter Parker's clones. Dressed like a scorpion and attacking the mall,[9] he was revealed to be a mentally unstable clone that was fitted into a green armored suit.[10] This clone additionally had a mechanical tail grafted onto his spine that had the ability to shoot acid. The clone was eventually subdued by Spider-Man (Peter Parker) and taken to the Fantastic Four who eventually gave it to S.H.I.E.L.D..[11] At the end of the clone saga storyline, Nick Fury tells subordinates menacingly to "take care of it" while walking out of the room the clone is being held in.[12]

Scorpion 2099[edit]

Kron Stone appears in the Timestorm 2009–2099 as the alternate Marvel 2099 reality version of Scorpion.[13]

Earth-65[edit]

Jefferson Davis takes on the name Scorpion in the Spider-Gwen universe. He wears an electric charged suit, carries a scorpion themed staff and possesses some limited super speed.[14]

In other media[edit]

Television[edit]

  • The Mac Gargan version of Scorpion appears in the 1967 Spider-Man cartoon series, voiced by Carl Banas.
  • The Mac Gargan version of Scorpion appears in Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, voiced by Neil Ross.
  • The Mac Gargan version of Scorpion appears in Spider-Man: The Animated Series, voiced initially by Martin Landau and later by Richard Moll.
  • The Mac Gargan version of Scorpion was set to appear on The Spectacular Spider-Man had the show been renewed for a third season, but it was canceled.[15][16][17]
  • A ninja-like iteration of Scorpion appears in the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series, voiced by Dante Basco (in "Journey of the Iron Fist" and "Return of the Sinister Six"), and by Eric Bauza (in "Graduation Day"). He first appears in the episode "Journey of the Iron Fist" where he is depicted as Iron Fist's arrogant rival in K'un-L'un and wielded a rope weapon with a blade at the end. Upon Spider-Man and Iron Fist beating Scorpion in the contest, the Elder of K'un-L'un exiled Scorpion from K'un-L'un. In the episode "Return of the Sinister Six", Scorpion is a member of the Sinister Six equipped with Oscorp technology; he now sports an actual scorpion tail. Acting as the Beetle's replacement, Scorpion once again fights Iron Fist and then takes part in the group assault on Iron Patriot. Subsequent episodes show that Scorpion's gained armor is retrofitted to resemble Peter Parker's clone of the same name from the original Ultimate universe. In the episode "Agent Venom", Scorpion is briefly possessed by the Venom symbiote (voiced by Dee Bradley Baker) before being freed by Spider-Man. In the episode "New Warriors", Scorpion is seen among the escaped villains led by the Green Goblin during a showdown between Spider-Man's new team and Taskmaster's team. He fights with Agent Venom and gets defeated by Ka-Zar and Zabu. In the episode "The Revenge of Arnim Zola", Arnim Zola uses synthizoid hybrids of villains, including one of Scorpion and Whirlwind that fights Spider-Man and captures Cloak. Scorpion has a cameo appearance in the episode "Contest of Champions" [Part 1] among the Grandmaster's villain collection against Spider-Man and the Collector. In the two-part series finale "Graduation Day", Scorpion is a member of Doctor Octopus' Superior Sinister Six. At an abandoned building where Doctor Octopus had Crossbones imprisoned, Spider-Man and the S.H.I.E.L.D. Trainees fight Scorpion. During the fight, Scorpion uses a gas that Doctor Octopus provided him to transform Crossbones into a Lizard. Scorpion is defeated by Spider-Man's original group. However, Scorpion broke out of his cell at the Triskelion and later harasses Spider-Man and Norman Osborn. During the fight at Oscorp, Spider-Man managed to defeat Scorpion.
  • The Mac Gargan version of Scorpion appears in Marvel's Spider-Man animated series, voiced by Jason Spisak.

Film[edit]

  • Mac Gargan appears in Spider-Man: Homecoming. In the film, he attempts to purchase weapons, reverse-engineered by the Tinkerer, from Adrian Toomes and Herman Schultz on a Staten Island ferry. Spider-Man, having tracked the two dealers, interrupts the deal and attacks Gargan, his men, and Schultz. Gargan's arm is then injured when Spider-Man accidentally throws him overboard into the water. In the film's post-credits scene, he encounters Toomes again in prison, where he tells the latter of a group of criminals banding together to fight Spider-Man. He then queries Toomes about the rumor that he knows Spider-Man's secret identity, which Toomes denies.

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